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Chernobyl 25th Anniversary 235

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the quarter-past-holy-crap dept.
ZwedishPzycho writes "Twenty-five years later, and yet again we are worried about a nuclear disaster. There will be plenty of stories out there discussing the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident; here is just one."
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Chernobyl 25th Anniversary

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  • by spun (1352) <loverevolutionar ... minus physicist> on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @01:19PM (#35944694) Journal

    Who wants some cake?

    When you said yellow cake, I was picturing, you know, lemon or maybe butter flavored. This is definitely not lemon or butter flavored. It tastes like burning.

  • Horrible article... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Andy Dodd (701) <.ude.llenroc. .ta. .7dta.> on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @01:44PM (#35945080) Homepage

    "Nuclear blast"?

    Whoever wrote the article had no clue. Chernobyl consisted of a steam explosion followed by a graphite fire of the exposed reactor core. There may have also been a subsequent brief prompt criticality incident that released less energy than the steam explosion, however the article implies that Chernobyl's radiation release was entirely by a bomb-like nuclear explosion.

  • Re:Oblig (Score:2, Informative)

    by Vectormatic (1759674) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @02:36PM (#35945856)

    I "visited" Cherynobyl via scifi.com's video site. The show was called Destination Truth, and they were filming the area around the nuclear plant and nearby town.

    That's as close as I plan to get to a meltdown site, although I did recently receive a job offer to go to Tokyo for a few months (is $65/hour enough money to move within 60 miles of Fukushima? Hmmm).

    1) chernobyl didnt melt down, so it isnt a meltdown site, Three mile island is a meltdown site, and now off course fukushima dai ichi

    2) the official exclusion zone is 30 km, 60 miles is over three times as far away as the japanase government deems safe, take into account that direct radiation drops off on an inverse cube, and you would be subject to 1/9th of the direct radiation that the japanese government deems acceptable, not counting extra decrease by objects blocking the line of sight. Exposure to fallout and activation products would not drop off as sharply, but still will be significantly below acceptable limits..

    Now i cant look into your wallet, so i dont know how much of an improvement $65 an hour would be, but being 60 miles from fukushima wouldnt be very high on my considerations list

  • by Firethorn (177587) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:46PM (#35946756) Homepage Journal

    Other 2 responses were AC, so I'll pitch in -
    As stated, Chernobyl sure as heck DID melt down, the core now existing as a sort of glass slurry in something like the 3rd sub-basement.

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